When the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app first, its functions were somewhat less than what was expected of it, but now a new update is available for it and it makes all the difference, as its new functions are not to be laughed at:
What’s new in the latest update Version 1.1:
View play records for individual users: You can now see how much time each family member spends on the Nintendo Switch console. The app will display:
- Daily and monthly game time per person.
- Daily non-gaming time spent on the console.
- Daily time spent with Parental Controls disabled.
- Average play times per month.
- Days played per month.
*Monthly play records can now be shared with another parent or guardian via the app.
View game downloads: You can now see a record of downloads to your console and enable push notifications for new downloads.
Disable alarms for today: Parents or guardians can use their PIN to disable play time limit alarms and game suspensions for a full day. This can come in handy on special occasions and holidays, or whenever everyone’s allowed to play longer.
*In order to use all of the new features for the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app, you will need to make sure your Nintendo Switch is running on Version 3.0.0 or later.
The record keeping may not be up to the scale of that seen and utilised for the Wii U and 3DS, but the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app is getting better with every update and we can now view just how many minutes we spent on the Home Menu and games as opposed to being limited to viewing just one recorded time that applies to everything we did that day. So at the very least if it wasn’t worth downloading before, it is now.